Former Kayaking World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Barton will be inducted into theMichigan Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF)
The MSHOF Class of 2007 will be formally enshrined during an event at the Detroit Athletic Club on February 11, 2008.
The inductees were selected by statewide sporting media, MSHOF members, and selected sports administrators of university and professional teams, and ratified by Karl Fava C.P.A.
More about the MSHOF and a list of previous inductees
The inductees include Steve Yzerman, Red Wings legend; Peter Karmanos, Carolina Hurricanes owner and local amateur hockey supporter; Frank Beckmann, broadcaster; Desmond Howard, Heisman Trophy winner at Michigan; Clarke Scholes , a Michigan State Olympic gold medalist swimmer; Norm Ullman , a Wings Hall of Famer; Ray Scott , a former Piston and the 1974 NBA coach of the year; Greg Barton, an Olympic gold medalist kayaker; Glen Rice , former U-M and NBA forward; Turkey Stearnes, a legend in the Negro Leagues; and Sammy Washington, a St. Cecelia’s basketball legend.
Greg Barton Bio
A native of Homer, he graduated from the University of Michigan as an Honor Athlete. He was a double Olympic Gold Medalist (K-1 & K-2 1000 meters) in Seoul, Korea in 1988. Greg took the Olympic Bronze Medal (K-1 1000 meters) in Barcelona, Spain in 1992 and again in Los Angeles, CA, 1984. He was World Champion (K-1 10,000 meters) and Bronze Medalist (K-1 1000m) in Paris, France, 1991 and double World Champion (K-1 1000m and 10,000m) at Duisburg, West Germany, 1987. Greg is winner of more than 50 U.S. National Championships and was selected as one of the “100 Golden Olympians” for the 1996 Olympic Games. He was the first American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Kayaking and is the most decorated USA Canoe/Kayak athlete of all time. He was a Sullivan Award Finalist in 1988.
He still paddles in many major marathon and outrigger competitions, often winning and always finishing near the top.
“Greg is one of the greatest paddlers of our lifetime,” said David Yarborough, Executive Director of USA Canoe/Kayak. “No athlete in any sport could be more deserving of this recognition.”
Barton now spends much of his time working to better the sport by improving the equipment elite paddlers use. He is the president of Epic Paddles, Inc., which specializes in high performance paddles for touring and competition.
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Biographies of the all the 2008 inductees
He began his career as a news reporter at WJR in 1972. He later served as sports director from 1979 – 1995 and began the long-running Sportsrap show in1981 and served as host until 1995. He also served as the sports anchor on the Paul W. Smith morning show. He served as the voice of the Lions for ten seasons and for the Tigers on radio and TV for seven more. He’s also called games for the Pistons and Red Wings making him the only broadcaster to call games for all four pro sports teams. He has served as the play-by-play voice of the Wolverines for 25 years. Has won the Michigan Sportscaster of the Year 3 times and was honored for his play-by-play work by the Detroit News and the AP and UPI in 1985. He has hired many current sportscasters including George Blaha and Dan Dickerson.
During his college career at the University of Michigan, Howard set or tied five NCAA and 12 UM records. He also led the Big Ten in scoring with 138 points during the 1991 season on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award and earning Second Team All-American honors. Howard captured 85% of the first place votes in balloting for the Heisman, the largest margin of victory in the history of the award at that time. He virtually clinched the Heisman when he returned a punt for a touchdown against the Wolverine’s arch-rival, Ohio State.
A Detroit native, he is the co-founder and CEO of Compuware Corporation, owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, Plymouth Whalers, and Florida Everblades hockey franchises. He co-founded the Detroit Compuware Hockey organization in the late 1970’s and later built the Compuware Arena. The organization includes all levels of hockey from recreational to AAA & Junior A. He purchased the Hartford Whalers in 1994 and moved them to North Carolina in 1997. He received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey after the 1997-98 season and went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2006.
A native of Flint, Rice went on to star at UM and helped lead his team to the 1989 NCAA championship. He scored an NCAA record 184 points during that tournament and was voted MVP. He left UM as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2442 points and eventually had his jersey retired in 2005. He was selected number 4 overall in the 1989 NBA draft by the Miami Heat where he left in 1995 as their all-time leading scorer. He went on to play for several NBA teams including the LA Lakers where he won and NBA Championship in 2000. For his career he was named to 3 All-Star teams and was named the All-Star MVP in 1997. He was named twice to the All-NBA team and to the All-Rookie team in 1990.
As native Detroiter, at age 21 Scholes won a Gold Medal in 100-meter freestyle at Helsinki Summer Olympics in 1952. In the history of the modern Olympics, only 10 American swimmers have won Gold in this event – joining the ranks of such names as Johnny Weismuller, Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi. A Michigan State University senior when he won his medal, he was the first and only MSU athlete to ever win a Gold Medal in an Olympic individual event. In his early years, he trained at Detroit Boat Club and Rouge Park pool
A rugged 6’9″ forward/center that played at the University of Portland, Scott was selected with the 4th pick in the 1961 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Scott had an 11-year career in the NBA and the ABA, In 421 games for the Pistons, Scott averaged 15.9 points with 3908 rebounds and 1128 assists. Scott would later coach the Pistons for three and a half seasons, from 1972 through 1976. In 1974 he would win the Red Auerbach Trophy as the NBA Coach of the Year. He led the then – struggling Pistons to their first 50 win season and engaged in epic playoff battles with the Chicago Bulls.
Norman Thomas “Turkey” Stearnes
A legend of the Negro League, he played for the Detroit Stars beginning in 1923. In 1931 the Stars failed to pay Stearnes is salary because of the Great Depression, so he moved from team to team for the remainder of his career. Stearnes is considered by some as one of the great all-around players in the history of baseball, but because of his race and his quiet personality, he never received the recognition that many believe he deserved. He batted over .400 three times and led the Negro Leagues in home runs seven times. He is credited with 183 home runs in his Negro League career, the all-time Negro League record. He was inducted in the 2000 Baseball Hall of Fame class, having died 21 years earlier in Detroit where he lived for over 50 years.
A three-sport athlete at Western High who went on to play Ohio State football at Ohio State and later played nine years with the New York Titans, he founded the legendary St. Cecilia basketball program in Detroit in the mid 1960’s. A great believer in the youth of Detroit, Washington’s program later attracted some of the greatest high school, college and pro stars to play in their summer leagues. Magic Johnson, Spencer Haywood, George Gervin and Jalen Rose are just a few of the stars who competed at what became known as “Ceciliaville.”
Norm Ullman – hockey
He turned pro with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1955-56 NHL season and was renowned as an excellent stick handler, as well as one of the premiere forecheckers in hockey history – and for his stamina and consistency which was important centering a line with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay in only his second season with Detroit. His career statistics rank him among the greatest centers to ever play in the NHL, with 490 career regular season goals and 739 assists for 1229 points. He had sixteen NHL seasons of 20 or more goals. Ullman led Detroit in goals in 1961, 1965, and 1966 and led the league in 1964-65 with 42 goals. He appeared in eleven All Star games during his 20 year career and scored 30 goals and added 53 assists during Stanley Cup Playoff action in 106 games played. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1998, he was ranked number 90 on The Hockey News’ list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
Drafted #1 in 1983, he retired following the 2006 playoffs as the Red Wings scoring and assist leader. At 21, he was the youngest player to ever be named captain and was also the longest serving in NHL history. He led the Wings to 3 Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002 and was selected to play in 10 All-Star games. He won the Masterson, Selke, Patrick and Smythe trophies and won a gold medal with Canada at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. His 692 career goals are second in Red Wing history behind only Gordie Howe. After retirement his Number 19 was retired to the JLA rafters and was named a Red Wing VP.